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Not a bad run compared to tomorrows trip - as we arrived early and before we could book in we went into down town Springfield and visited The Abraham Lincoln Museum - they may only have a short past compared to ours but they are very good at presenting it ! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfiel d,_Illinois http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.co m/Lincoln/Museum/ Glad we made the visit - especially as the Motel was out of the way, although clean and comfortable I wasn't ...
Left Bloomington and rejoined the original road after a short stint on the interstate. Followed Route 66 as it wound it's way past McLean before making a stop in Atlanta. I was very fortunate to arrive at the right time to be allowed to see the inside working of the clock tower just prior to the chimes for 10am. The clock is hand-wound and there are a team of volunteers who are tasked with ensuring it ...
... dogs at the RNA at home are way better! The restaurant did have lots of cool Route 66 memorabilia and a wall covered in number plates from the eight route states. We learned that the artist guy with the bus we saw earlier in Pontiac was the son of the cozy dog inventor. After this grease injection we headed for the Lincoln visitor centre and booked a Lincoln home guided visit. We had time to see the film at the ...
... Drive-In. Little did we know it was a Rte 66 landmark and the origin of the Cozy Dog (i.e. the invention of corn dog in 1946).
St Louis, Missouri bound
The Gateway Arch greeted us as we crossed the Mississippi River into St Louis but that was not going to be our destination.
First stop - The Cathedral Basilica. A docent inside explained the history. Construction began in 1907 ...
This morning we woke to our first rainy day of the road trip and my first rainy day since arriving on the mainland in late January. It never rained in LA.
Our first stop was the St Louis Cathedral Basilica which has 4.5 million mosaic tiles depicting various scenes and murals. It was awe inspiring and surpassed any cathedral I have seen in Europe.
We then went to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Confernece Center Springfield
I had read several good reviews of this hotel here at tripadvisor and also saw some nice writeups in travel guides (one even calling it one of the best hotels in the midwest). The lobby is standard Marriot. Nice, clean and efficient - not grand or luxurious. The room however was depressing. The bed was about 18 inches off the ground and extremely uncomfortable. One of the pillows was hard as a rock. The furniture was comparable to anything you would find at a budget hotel (1970's chic). The bathroom was adequate but not what I would expect from a Renaissance. The mirror and showerhead were placed for people of below average height it seemed. All in all, I had a great time in Springfield visiting the historic sights, but this hotel was a downer. I hated coming back to it at night. I have stayed at Renaissance hotels in other cities, and, while not blown away, I always found them above average. This hotel was not. I would not return.
We had a great stay at this hotel. There were NOT a lot of hotel choices when we went and this happened to be at the top of the list. We got a great deal for three nights and loved everything about it. We would definitely stay here again!
Pleasant experience at this hotel
I just stayed here for 4 nights, and had a great experience. Very nice sized room, good food, and its right downtown. They have a business center,nice swimming pool, and within walking distance of some of the Lincoln sites. I would recommend it to anyone. You can get a great deal on priceline for this too!
I was quite pleased with my recent stay at this hotel. The hotel staff were all courteous and professional; check-in and check-out were easy and fast. The service in Lindsay's restaurant during breakfast (which is the only meal I ate in the hotel) was outstanding but the food itself was only average. (Food ordered from the breakfast menu was much better than the buffet food.) The parking garage attendant (not a hotel employee) was courteous and friendly. Overnight self-parking in the garage is $5 per night with in and out privileges. The garage is very convenient to the hotel with an elevator from the lower parking levels that leads directly to the hotel lobby.
I recently stayed one night here. It's not a bad hotel, but it's certainly not up to the standards I have experienced at other Renaissance Hotels. The hotel could use some serious updating and renovating. My room was large and clean with a view of the capitol. All of the furnishings, however, were worn and scuffed and seemed of an inferior quality. The color scheme was very unappealing - - a weird combination of greens, reds, and grays. I couldn't figure out what the designer was trying to accomplish with this odd combination. The bed was ok but a little soft. Service was good, not great. The location was very close to the Lincoln sites. Since this was the purpose of my visit, this was a plus. The restaurant food was average while the service was very good - - at least for breakfast which was the only meal I ate there. Parking was convenient and cost $5.00 per night. Overall, you probably won't do much better in Springfield. The Hilton is directly across the street but I did not check it out except for the restaurant on the 30th floor. The food was good and the view was nice. I would stay here again, but only for a night. Definitely not a place to stay if you want upscale accomodations and service.
I attended a professional conference for work at the Renaissance Hotel, Springfield, IL, over the past weekend. No one wants to have to work on weekends, so I was pleasantly surprised at the excellent service and facilities I received at the Renaissance Springfield. The complimentary Airport shuttle was on time and the driver(s) both to and from the Hotel were friendly and accomidating. When I arrived at the hotel I was checked in within minutes. The front desk staff were on the ball, especially with all the conference crowd. I booked a Conceirge Floor Level room for a few dollars over the basic room rate, and was pleasant surprised at the huge room, fluffy bathrobes, and comfortable/clean accomodations. The extra details, e.g. like the "rubby ducky" for the bathtub- let you know the hotel is really trying to gain (and retain) your business. I would recommend the hotel to others, and recommend you ask about upgrade to the Conceirge Floor. Breakfast and Drinks/Snacks served in the Conceirge Floor Lounge during the week. A nice visit had by all.
Nice, But Noisy
Hotel was nice, staff nice, hotel clean, room comfortable. However, rooms need earplugs because of downtown train whistles.
The problem is that there are only 2 really known hotels to pick from... The Hilton and the Marriott.
I just stayed at this hotel over the weekend (July 17, 2004) and I was very disappointed. I am a travel agent and have stayed in a lot of hotels. This wasn't one of the worst ones but I would not ever stay here again. I expected a lot better for a Renaissance. The woman at the front desk was very rude. I was very uncomfortable.
I got this downtown hotel on Priceline and was pleasantly surprised by the elegant and classic hotel. I hear they do a wonderful Sunday brunch.